Monday, July 18, 2011

Quick and Easy Nutella "Candy Bars"


Kellen had a wonderful 21st birthday!

We were planning on leaving on Friday morning of last week, but ended up leaving at 11 p.m. and getting to his house at 3 a.m.!  Definitely worth it because I know Kellen wouldn't have been able to wake up Friday morning. ;) So we got there and obviously went straight to sleep!

We spent the next few days eating and laying around at the pool.  Soo relaxing not to have to worry about anything at all.  We ate at Kellen's favorite place, China Palace, somewhere around 329042 million times.  Needless to say, I'm sick of Chinese food.  Luckily his mom made us some pretty good dinners in between.

We obviously both think we're really cool...

...when we have sunglasses on.
On his actual birthday, we ate at China Palace for lunch (go figure) and some new Mexican restaurant for dinner.  Being the nice girlfriend that I am, I planned a surprise party with all of his friends, so Kellen's mom and I spent most of the dinner stalling while everyone showed up.  We went to his friend's house to "go pick her up on the way to the bars" and when we got there, everyone jumped out and surprised him.  It turned out perfectly!


That night we just hung out for a while and eventually ended up at the bar.  Kellen had a really good time:

The rest of the week was just takin' it easy, eating, and hanging out with friends.  I had a lot of fun, but it's nice to be home again.

So, I suppose you want a recipe?  Perfect!  I really missed baking while I was gone (isn't that cheesy?) so I made something immediately when we got back.

The thing is, I'm not eating sweets this week.  I can't even remember the last day I went without having some kind of dessert... probably since lent last year.  So, I'm doing a 'cleanse' and cutting them out... but only for a week.  So my mom and dad have the job of dessert tester this week. I'm just hoping you all will trust their judgement considering they love sweets just as much as I do.

The other thing is, it's too freakin' hot to be baking right now! So I made a no bake dessert... I'd love to tell you how great it is, but I have no idea.  What I do know is that my parents both gave it an A, it's super easy to make, and it looks and smells delicious.

Help, please! I'll be gone from this Thursday until Sunday the 31st and I'm in need of some guest posters.  If anyone would like to do one for me, I'll love you forever. :)

Nutella "Candy Bars"
Gingerbread Bagels

1 cup Nutella
2 cups graham cracker crumbs (finely ground)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
4 Tablespoons Nutella
1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips.
Put 1 cup of Nutella in a large bowl.
In a food processor, grind up the graham crackers. Measure out 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs and add them to the Nutella.
Add 2 cups of powdered sugar. Mix everything together.
Pour in 1 cup of melted unsalted butter and stir to completely combined.
Spray the inside of the pan with non stick spray. This will help the wax paper/parchment paper stick to the pan. Line a 9 by 12 baking pan with wax paper or parchment paper.
Put the Nutella Candy Bar mixture in the pan and press it down evenly.
For the topping:
In a microwavable bowl, melt together 4 Tablespoons of Nutella and 1 1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips.
Pour of the Nutella Candy Bars and spread it out evenly.
Refrigerate the Nutella Candy Bars for 1 hour. Let the Nutella Candy Bars come to room temperature before you eat them!


  1. theprocrastobakerJuly 19, 2011 at 3:51 AM

    What a perfect quick n easy treat :) and really, can you beat anything nutella? That first photo of you both is lovely too, sounds like you had a great time!

  2. Those look dangerous!! ..and totally delicous.

  3.  21st birthdays are always fun, glad you guys had a great're both too cute! 

    you have some kind of will power girl! these bars sound great! no-bake desserts are definitely necessary for summertime!

  4. Yeah! You must hava had a great time!!! I'm a huuuge fan of Nutella, those bars look pretty yummy!
    ps: if you don't find anyone for your guest posting, I can help if you want, but as I've never done this before, just let me know how to procede. cheers

  5. me tooo!! 
    thanks gen, i just left a message on your blog :)

  6. thanks, cindy :o)

    my willpower is unusually high right now!

  7. i don't think you can beat nutella!
    thanks :)

  8. Love the pictures of you and Kellen! Sounds like a good time you guys had! A no bake dessert is perfect for summer and this nutella candy bar sounds scrumptious! I made a no bake dessert last week that tastes just like Almond Joys! I'm gonna have to make this nutella one to compare and see which I prefer. I somehow have a feeling I'll love both equally though.

    Good luck with your cleanse by the way. :) 


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